On 10 JAN 2020, the Navy released a NAVADMIN that updates the Post 9-11 GI Bill policy. What are the changes? It allows Service Members over 16 years of service to continue eligibility and transfer education benefits (TEB) to their dependents. This means that the restriction on TEB for anyone who had served 16 years that was to go into effect on 12 JAN 2020 has been lifted and will not affect your ability to transfer their education benefits.
The Department of Defense exception to policy (ETP) that extends the ability of service members with over 16 years of service to transfer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to their dependents expires on 12 January 2020. As outlined in NAVADMIN 178/19, as of 12 July 2019, any member who has greater than 16 years of service will no longer be eligible to transfer education benefits to their dependents.
The good news is that these changes DO NOT impact Servicemembers who previously submitted and have an approved Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) application in the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) milConnect web portal at https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil.
Eligible Servicemembers who have served 16 or more years may transfer Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits to their eligible dependents until 12 January 2020 with an additional 4-year service obligation on Active Duty or in the Selected Reserve (SELRES).
Who isn’t eligible? (NOT an exhaustive list, just most common reasons):
- Approved retirement or fleet reserve. – Can’t obligate the required four
- LIMDU, Medboard, etc. have not been found fit for full duty and are not retainable for four years.
- Less than four years to high year tenure (HYT) date or statutory retirement.
***There are ZERO exceptions for the 4-year additional service obligation.***
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The Department of Defense released changes to department policy on the transfer by service members in the Uniformed Services of “Post-9/11 GI Bill” education benefits to eligible family members, July 2018.
As a reminder, effective July 12, 2019, any Sailor who has more than 16 years of total service will no longer be eligible to transfer education benefits to their dependents. Also, until July 12, 2019, an exception to policy allows Sailors with at least 10 years of service who are unable to serve four additional years, due to statute or standard policy, to transfer their education benefits to dependents if they agree to serve the maximum time authorized. For example, enlisted Sailors within four years of high year tenure or officers within four years of their statutory limit of service are eligible. Purple Heart recipients are exempt to this policy change.
For detailed information on transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits and the exception to policy, read NAVADMIN 236/18.
Questions? Contact the NPC GI Bill office.
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Department of Defense (DoD) has granted a temporary exception to policy to allow select service members to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits to dependents until July 12, 2019.
NAVADMIN 020/19, released Jan. 24, announces that for a limited time, Sailors with at least 10 years of service who are unable to serve four additional years, due to statute or standard policy, may transfer their education benefits to dependents if they agree to serve the maximum time authorized. For example, enlisted Sailors within four years of high year tenure or officers within four years of their statutory limit of service are eligible.
The policy exception is retroactive to July 12, 2018 and ends July 11, 2019, after which Sailors will need to commit to the full four years of service to transfer their benefits.
Sailors with at least 10 years of service whose transfer of education benefits applications were rejected due to the policy changes announced in NAVADMIN 170/18, and who are still serving on active duty or in the selected reserve (SELRES), must reapply for transfer of education benefits by following guidance in NAVADMIN 236/18, including completion of the new statement of understanding at https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil/webta/home.html#nbb.
For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.